Down or up?

We are not just ageing and becoming decrepit we are progressing to glory!

“For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish*, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.” 2 Corinthians 4:16
“Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.” Psalm 16:9
“And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” Romans 5:5. Death shall not separate us from the love of God.
* I feel these that my strength is sapping away now perhaps because of the toll of these last two operations and all I can do is shuffle along and there is no guarantee of improvement. Well I am approaching 66.
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Blessings of Obedience

As Christians show their love to the God of their salvation and his Son, Jesus Christ and the omnipotent Spirit who indwells them by obeying his commands they are promised blessing just as the Old Testament church were:

 

Redemption by blood.

Deuteronomy 28 .

1 And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:

And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God.

Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.

Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.

Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.

Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.

The Lord shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.

The Lord shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

The Lord shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the Lord thy God, and walk in his ways.

10 And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the Lord; and they shall be afraid of thee.

11 And the Lord shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the Lordsware unto thy fathers to give thee.

12 The Lord shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.

13 And the Lord shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the Lord thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them:

Operation Mobilisation

Operation Mobilisation (Ships)

                     

Strengths                                                                     Weaknesses
Multinational and multicultural.                               Interdenominational (LCD)
Emphasis on prayer/Bible study.                               Not Reformed
Evangelism                                                                      False gospel, lay preaching.
World Mission
Faith based (finances)
Leadership

I benefited enormously from my two years on Logos, seeing some wonderful places, learned about the world, met many believers from all over, discussed doctrine, got into trouble, learned to pray, sinned grievously but had prayer answered when I met my wife. I plan to elaborate on the points above in the future.

Living Wisely in a Digital Age

Notes on a speech at Covenant P.R.Church, Ballymena 24th January 2018 by Rev. Nathan Decker, Trinity P.R.C., U.S.A.

Wisdom is the application of knowledge to glorify God.

Living intentionally.

A table contrasting living wisely with how Satan tempts us through digital technology:

How to live wisely How Satan may use this tool
Not addicted (enslaved)

Content viewed: good sites and neutral sites (but avoiding much pointless entertainment)

Addicted. Sites are intentionally addictive by design on our minds (physiologically/psychologically).

Content viewed: wicked sites

Serving others and pointing to Christ. Selfishness-promotion of self
Diligent, daily devotion and weekly worship Distracted from these
Porn is immediately avoided. Helpful book    “The Next Story” by Tim Challies chapter 10 on how to protect your home/children Pornography viewed.
Exercise authority over children/ keep them accountable Spoil them, never call to them to account.

It must be added that just like the printing press in the 16th century, digital technology can be and is used powerfully for the extension of the Kingdom of God in many places especially where access to Scriptures and churches is scarce. Christian websites, Scriptures on line, and live streaming of sermons and sermon archives are a boon to many in restricted countries and where the church has apostatized and there are no true churches.

Link to full message below:

 

Psalm 73

Psalm 73

Sung Psalm 73:21-28

Reading Psalm 73

God is good to us (his people)!

The writer Asaph was a Levitical leader of the singers at the tabernacle in David’s day and later possibly in the temple in Solomon’s time.

It is a Psalm of particular grace (v 1)-God is good to the church, his saved people.

Asaph’s fall would not just have been a trip but one like over a cliff, fatal!

Vv3-12 he bemoans the material prosperity of the wicked

Vv13-16 this is contrasted with his troubles (v 14) I believe is a sense of his sin and God’s chastisement)

V17 entering into God’s presence in the sanctuary corrects his thinking. He sees things from God’s viewpoint, realises his privilege and realises the end of the wicked. Let this mind be in you (Phil.2)

Vv18,19 speaks of the certain doom of the wicked

Vv21,22 he confesses his sin

Vv23,24 underlines the perseverance/preservation of the saints (John 10:28,29), God’s counsel or plan of our earthly circumstances and the glory that awaits us (although it is already part of us-Rom.8:18-30).

For further reading:

available here

Obstacles

 

Yes even Satan is on God’s leash as God’s lapdog and to know my almighty Savior controls even my temptations is a great comfort.

Young Calvinists

A month ago we had a significant windstorm in the Grand Rapids area. Lightning, thunder, heavy rains and an isolated tornado were accompanied by high winds that leveled trees and knocked out power for two days or so.  I commuted to work that Friday morning alright, but when I went use the trails they were blocked with large trees that had fallen during the storm. I was unable to maneuver my bike around them. I tried one direction and couldn’t get through. I went the opposite way and faced the same problem. Finally I biked through Grandville and it ended up taking me longer to get home than I had anticipated.

This little experience is not that much different from our everyday lives. Sometimes God sends us trials and temptations that we find difficult to see our way through and get around. We often wonder why He sends us these…

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God rules

“It should fill us with joy, that infinite wisdom guides the affairs of this world. Many of its events are shrouded in darkness and mystery, and inextricable confusion sometimes seems to reign. Often wickedness prevails, and God seems to have forgotten the creatures that He has made. Our own path through life is dark and devious, beset with difficulties and dangers. How full of consolation is the doctrine that infinite wisdom directs every event, brings order out of confusion, and light out darkness, and, to those who love God, causes all things, whatever be their present aspect and apparent tendency, to work together for good.”

by: J.L. Dagg

Thanks Nil Bansale

The Wisdom of Solomon

I Kings 3 tells us the source of King Solomon’s wisdom. It was given him by God in answer to prayer, prayed mind you, in his sleep in a dream! It was wisdom to govern and judge but he was also given great learning and insight presumably by reading and observing the natural world. Sadly, in his life he was unwise in his polygamy, something many believe he renounced towards the end of his life.

His reign of peace and wisdom prefigure Christ who was wisdom personified, as he penned by inspiration in Proverbs 8. Wisdom was eternally begotten, delighted in creation, was himself the delight of his Father and having done all his redeeming work,  installed in the position of all power (Matthew 28:18), to be confirmed publicly when he appears.

Solomon built a beautiful earthly temple, Christ builds the temple of his church throughout history, the place where he dwells forever.

Who I Am and Who I Am Not

My comment: You bring out important points from what many would describe as an awful upbringing and sad set of life experiences. So PTL. In a similar vein the successful Christian businessman or sportsman is also not defined by his success but by his status as God’s covenant child.(Jer. 9:23-24)

Young Calvinists

A lot of us have sad and tragic, yet honest stories about our childhoods or lives in general. Some of us have been through a lot more than others. I decided to use a presentation I gave in a college class as an opportunity to witness to you all, by showing you who I really am, who I’m not, and maybe along the way, helping you find out who you are, too. I’d like to start with a quote from Pastor John Piper. He says, “Not only is all your affliction momentary. Not only is all your affliction light in comparison to eternity and the glory there. All of it is TOTALLY meaningful. Every millisecond of your pain from the fallen nature or fallen man; every millisecond of your misery in the path of obedience is working for you a peculiar glory you will get because of that. I don’t…

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Wisdom

Christ alone reveals the wisdom of God.

The sum of all true wisdom and knowledge may be reduced to these three heads:—

1. The knowledge of God, his nature and his properties.

2. The knowledge of ourselves in reference to the will of God concerning us.

3. Skill to walk in communion with God:—

  1. Knowledge of God. “He that hath seen me hath seen the father.”How else to know his love apart from Christ? (I John 4:9). Pardoning mercy and grace? (Rom.3:25, John 1:14). Vindictive justice (Making Christ to be sin and suffer God’s wrath). Patience, forbearance and long-suffering (II Peter 3:9). When Moses asked God to show him his glory he hid him in a rock, that rock was Christ.
  2. Ourselves. Our sin is manifest by our consciences and the righteous law and just judgment is coming. We know these things by his death. God, in the death of Christ, punishes and condemns sin in the flesh of his own Son, in the sight of men, angels, and devils, and he has given an abundant assurance of a righteous and universal judgement to come; (how could his cruel killers get away with it?)  By his resurrection he has given assurance that Christ risen from the dead, is appointed by him to be the judge of all; in whom and by whom he will judge the world in righteousness granting unspeakable consolation on the one hand to those who believe in him, and terror on the other to those who despise him: so that the wisdom of this also is hid in Christ.
  3. To follow (In Christ is the wisdom to walk with God).

From John Owen’s work Communion with God.